Feature Article: III. Reviews on the State of the Science and Practice in Perinatal and Neonatal CareExtending Palliative Care Into Pregnancy and the Immediate Newborn Period: State of the Practice of Perinatal Palliative CareSumner, Lizabeth H. BSN, RN; Kavanaugh, Karen PhD, RN, FAAN; Moro, Teresa AM, LSWAuthor Information Palliative Care Across the Lifespan, Vista, CA (Ms Sumner) and the Department of Maternal Child Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago (Ms Sumner and Dr Kavanaugh); and the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, Ill (Ms Moro). Corresponding author: Lizabeth H. Sumner, BSN, RN, 917 Vale View Dr, Vista, CA 92081 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing: January-March 2006 - Volume 20 - Issue 1 - p 113-116 Buy Abstract Many infants die immediately prior to birth or in the neonatal period; thus, it is imperative that we begin to recognize the importance of integrating palliative care into pregnancy and the immediate newborn period. While advances in perinatal care have changed the decisions parents face when they receive a diagnosis of a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, the importance of perinatal palliative care has only recently been recognized as a viable option for care. Perinatal palliative care emphasizes the importance of planning for the limited amount of time families may have with their baby. This article provides a brief overview of perinatal palliative care, with a focus on who may benefit, the goals of care, and what services are provided. There is also a review of current palliative care programs and a discussion of how nurses can become more involved in this much-needed area of infant care. © 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.